1. Keep an eye on Lincoln-Way West. The Warriors, 12-7 overall, appear to be coming into their own. Not surprising, considering they boast two of the area’s top sophomores in John Marotta and Hayden Witt. Marotta was practically unstoppable during wins last week against Thornridge and Lincoln-Way North, combining for 38 points, 21 rebounds, 13 steals and eight blocks. Witt, averaging 20.9 points on the season, stepped up on Monday against Lincoln-Way Central, scoring 22 points to lead the Warriors to a 52-47 win. Witt also contributed 16 points vs. North.
2. Sandburg coming on. The Eagles (9-12) have been playing much better recently, producing wins over Stagg, Lincoln-Way East, Joliet Central and Lockport. Sandburg is a far more dangerous team when it consistently gets the ball inside to 6-foot-6 Niko Cahue. During Friday’s 55-43 upset of Joliet Central, Cahue scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. With Cahue providing damage inside, it opens things up for guards Niko Kogionis and Alec Martinez, among others.
3. Eisenhower’s on a roll. The Cards have won five of their last six, including a 76-73 victory Tuesday over Rich South. Vinny Curta continues to pile up points, pouring in 27 against Rich South and 25 during an 81-67 win Friday over Argo. Calviontae Washington also has found his shooting stroke, contributing 20 points, including six three-pointers against Argo. The Cards are now 10-15.